Philip Jenkins is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University. He has also been a Professor (from 1993) and a Distinguished Professor (from 1997) of History and Religious studies at the same institution; and also assistant, associate and then full professor of Criminal Justice and American Studies at PSU, 1980–1993He studied at Clare College in the University of Cambridge taking double-first class honours in both History and Anglo-Saxon.